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Nominations open for the Cambridge United Community Trust Sport in the Community Awards

Sport can be such a force for good and have an inspiring impact which the Cambridge United Community Trust Sport in the Community Awards seek to recognise.

Incorporated within the annual gala dinner, and in partnership with the Cambridge Independent, the awards are in their fourth year, with categories seeking to highlight the success stories at all levels.

A seventh category has been added to the awards’ list – outstanding contribution to football, which aims to highlight a player, coach, manager, team or volunteer who has gone above and beyond. The full list of categories can be found below.

Nominations are now open for all categories.

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The gala dinner celebrates the contribution sport can make to the community and raises money for the Trust’s charitable work.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Cambridge Independent once again this year on the Sport in the Community Awards,” said CUCT manager Sam Gomarsall.

“Once again, the awards will be given out at our gala dinner, our annual fundraising event which takes place this year at the stunning Madingley Hall.

“Sport can be so powerful in inspiring others and these awards recognise various groups and individuals that do precisely this.

“These awards are really significant for us because it allows us to celebrate the diverse range of community sport taking place in Cambridge.

“We receive some amazing nominations each year and we want to hear from you if you think you, or someone you know, has shown themselves to be a worthy winner in one of these categories.”

Cambridge Independent editor Paul Brackley said: “Each year, the Sport in the Community Awards do a brilliant job in showcasing the work of those who otherwise would not get the wider recognition.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with the Cambridge United Community Trust in helping to deliver these awards as part of their gala dinner.

“It is important that we continue to recognise the efforts that are made at all levels to make sport possible, and encourage a mentally and physically healthy community.”

The gala dinner will be held at Madingley Hall on Friday, May 29.


  • Champion of the year - Awarded to the individual making a significant contribution to their sport in the community; doing the work that is so vital but is so seldom seen or recognised on a wider scale
  • Star of the year - Reaching the top of a chosen discipline, be it at club, county, national or international level
  • Coach of the year - Seeks to find that person who has had a big impact in developing and encouraging involvement in sport, making a difference to those they are instructing.
  • Team of the year - Maybe you have lifted titles, or maybe you have just seen growth and development, earning that first win after years of searching or just growing the numbers by making sport fun for all.
  • School of the year - Making a difference to how youngsters use and see sport, whether it be through participation or achievement, no matter how big or small.
  • Inspirational performance of the year – Have you overcome adversity or achieved something that may never have seemed possible in the past. It is not the big things, but the small things; that inspirational display against the odds.
  • Outstanding contribution to football - Do you know a player, coach or volunteer that has gone above and beyond this year? It may be in terms of performance, however big or small; the impact a coach has made on either individuals or teams; or the behind-the-scenes work in order to get people of all ages playing football, from admin to grounds staff and everything in between.

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